The Secretary of Sate of California is the only government agency who issues the California Apostille. An Apostille is attached to international documents which are sent to countries who are members of the Apostille convention. Countries who are not members will receive a California Certification.
Obtaining an Apostille is complicated and time consuming. First, you’ll need to know if the documents in your possession qualifies for a California Apostille. Some documents may require additional certification by the County Clerk in which the document were issued in. It’s important to contact us before mailing in your documents. We recommend sending in your documents by UPS, FedEx, or USPS Priority Mail.
Their are over 50 counties in California which issue Birth, Death, and Marriage certified copies. These certified copies are issued by the County Clerk and are generally blue/pink in color.
We provide fast same-day California Apostille service. Once we have obtained an Apostille for your documents, we’ll drop them off at FedEx for priority overnight delivery to your location. We can also ship your documents to any country. Additional shipping fees apply for international delivery.
Click this link to see an example of an Apostille issued by the California Secretary of State. Each Apostille is dated and randomly numbered to prevent fraud.
It’s important to obtain specific instructions from the receiving country as some countries may require additional notarization.
Click to download our California Apostille order form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.